Kelso High School received a tremendous accolade when invited to take part in the Topflight Schools Nations Tournament at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Of the 16 teams taking part, they joined George Heriots School, Hutchesons Grammar School and The High School of Glasgow as one of four from Scotland and faced mostly independent schools from England and Ireland.
In their first game they lost 1-3, to eventual runners up Banbridge Academy from Northern Ireland, the only goal coming from midfielder Leona Porteous.
In their next game they were just edged out by Kings Hospital from Dublin by 1-0, but this was a disappointing result as in terms of play and pressure, they should have been able to win this one.
The final game of the first day, however, saw them defeating Ipswich School from England 3-0, the goals coming from Imogen Johnstone Jones, Aimee Martin and Lucy Murray. This win lifted them to third place in their group.
The next day’s play-offs saw them take on Coleraine Grammar School from Northern Ireland and despite going a goal down they came back to win 3-1, with goals from Tara Aitchison, Lucy Murray and Leona Porteous.
Next up were Loreto College, Kilkenny from Southern Ireland, who were strong and physical, and managed to scrape a 1-0 triumph in a very closely-contested game.
This put Kelso into a play-off for 11th place against Ipswich, whom they had already played the day before and they had a comfortable 2-1 win, goal-scorers this time being Tara Aitchison and Lucy Murray.
This was a great display of hockey from the whole team, but special mention goes to Izzy Kyle who won the award for Kelso High School’s player of the tournament.